I have been now battling with acne for quite some time. I am 26 and part asian and it took me this long to realize i was allergic/intolerant to most of the things that work.
I used to take acutane but had to stop as i was moving to the USA from Europe and couldn't get a prescription here (too expensive!) it was working but i was going blind! not really blind but my eyes used to hurt and currently still do after a year and half (they get dry easily and sensitive to the sun) which sucks cause im a photographer.
Prior to that i took a bunch of doxycycline + other similar medication combined with differin. Differin made my skin itchy and red but i never though i was allergic. so i kinda had clear skin for a moment then would relapse badly. it wasn't a good long term treatment.
So after all that, i decided to use proactive (i had no money for insurance, so no dermatologist). i think this was the worst acne moment of my life! i had the rawest red painful skin ever. i was crying! i have cystic acne on my cheeks and near my eye brows (i notice a lot of asians have it on their cheeks too) But still i wanted to stick to proactive till i started resembling elephant man and found myself un able to go to work as my eyes were to swollen to open fully and my lips were puffy. thats when i realized i may be allergic to benzol peroxyde which at least now made sense to me.
so recently ive been taking yasmin which i had taken once a few years back and now i remember why i stopped! it makes me insomniac! and my stomach really hurts.
What other solution works? im running out of ideas?
Ive also tried
Apple cider vinegar which doesnt do much
So far ive been altering at night Eau d'avene Cicalfate (removes scars, has a lot of zinc) and tri acneal (renews skin i think has some sort of glycolic acid in it) Plus Dr Murad sulfur based local treatment
It's the most efficient i've used but i still end up with bad scars and find myself covering up all the time an d staring at women with good skin
i am open to ideas!
Edited by Sandrine1985, 01 February 2012 - 05:44 AM.